Today, 21st/April/2022 we had a fruitful discussion with district leaders from Masindi District local government,
Some of the issues discussed with District leaders include;
I. The district speaker Masindi district local government
II. The district forestry officer and Sector Manager National Forestry Authority
III. Division chairpersons, Karujubi Division and councilors
IV. Civil society representatives CODNET, RDP, Bunyoro choice, One citizen Coalition and others.
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Brief background Story
Masindi district located in mid western Uganda 200Km away from Kampala city is becoming the leading producer of sugar in Uganda, almost moving to the first position after Kinyara sugar factory, with now more than three sugar factories within an area of less than 200Km squared in Bunyoro region.
Sugarcane brings in revenue and jobs to the people and government, however uncontrolled sugarcane growing impedes into other sectors which benefit most of the common man, it takes land for agriculture, it clears the existing trees to give way to large sugarcane fields, only a few individuals benefit from from the proceeds of sugarcane growing.
Moe than 80% of the workers comprise of youths, however these youths fill most of the low paying jobs coupled with lack of required qualification for high paying jobs, recruitment is also selective on technical know who, these with other factors curtail the development of the district and most importantly, large sugarcane fields is suppressing vegetation which are vital in addressing climate change.
Impact of Climate change in Masindi
Climate change is now affecting everyone in the society, there is unreliable rainfall, poor crop yields, pest and diseases among others, leading to endless poverty among rural an urban people, with other side effects among children of malnutrition, stunted growth, mental retardation and many other.
The time is now to act on adaptation and mitigation measures which are susceptible to the community such us use of energy saving and alternative source of energy, promoting smart agriculture, multiplying pest resistant seeds, planting trees and conserving available forest as a collective voice to address climate change in our societies.
What are the commitments and suggestions of leaders to address climate change in Masindi
Approach used to gather information
Three groups comprising of technical team, political leaders and civil society organization brain stormed way forward and this is what they had to say;
Civil society organization which included Community driven network, Recreation for peace and development and others.
The law makers suggested;
Technical team from the district.
Civil society organization
Summary of the conclusive remarks by the District Speakers;
In response the district speaker, assured all stakeholders of continued support and good working relationship in the district, he added that the district, has a challenge of implementation of some of the bye laws and ordinances which he suggested there is need for collective effort to implement these laws.
He further applauded the efforts of civil society particularly mentioned recreation for peace and development organization for their remarkable role in monitoring government programmes and reporting to council which caused a lot of impact in improving service delivery, Safeplan Uganda skills programme where the trained youths are now employed and earning income from the skills acquired this is very important in supplementing government efforts and which are all in line with the district development plans.
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